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River Basin Roundtable approves funding increase for implementation plan 14.5.2014 Steamboat Pilot
An ongoing project may need help keeping its head above water. The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region. — For more information on how to obtain a seat on the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable, contact Ren Martyn at 970-846-3118 or rm@frpwetlandbank.com . Consultant Jim Pearce and Dan Birch, deputy general manager for Colorado River Water Conservation District, led the forum with updates on the latest portion of the BIP, primarily focusing on the uses of the water supply of Northwest Colorado from an energy standpoint. The brief report touched on the amount of water used historically for oil shale, gas and coal companies in the region and how this could change in the years to come. The numbers, which are not yet definite, are only part of the much larger BIP, which ...
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Report looks at the help of the Upper Yampa Watershed 13.5.2014 Steamboat Pilot
What: Upper Yampa River Watershed Group presents 2014 Report to Routt County commissioners When: 1 p.m., Tuesday Where: Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs Later this week What: Yampa, White Green River Basin Roundtable meets When: 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday Where: In Craig at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, .9 miles north of Craig Holiday Inn The Routt County commissioners will get a first look Tuesday at the 2014 Upper Yampa River Watershed Report that takes into account the water quality, biodiversity and riparian zones along not just the river itself but its tributaries, large and small. The report was prepared with input from the local agricultural, recreation, fisheries, water management, industrial and government sectors. Jackie Brown, district manager of the Routt County Conservation District, said the release of the report is just a beginning, and the hope is that it will continue to include contributions from the broader public. “We’ll have a ...
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Letter: Utah’s idea of stewardship is horrible 6.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s federal and state lawmakers view public lands as a cornucopia of natural resources and drool over the prospects of new mines, oil and gas wells, nuclear power plants, oil shale extraction, refineries and any development that only benefits big business, and themselves, as they rake in donations, rarely creates large numbers of permanent jobs and leaves a wake of environmental degradation as a lasting legacy. The refinery that will apparently be built near Green River will be the first new ...
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Utah wildlife officials: Want to shoot (and eat) crow? 29.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Nobody likes to eat crow, but Utah wildlife officials believe people would like to hunt the distinctive black birds. A proposal to open the state’s first crow-hunting season, likely this fall, will be presented at a series of public meetings leading up to a final decision by the Utah Wildlife Board. “Most other Western states have a crow season. We are making this proposal to create a new opportunity for Utah hunters and to help control a growing population,” said Blair Stringham, migratory game...
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Mapmaker left his mark 26.4.2014 Durango Herald
Most people in Dolores have heard of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition, the Spanish explorers who came through the area in 1776 and named the Dolores River.But few know about Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, a famous artist and mapmaker who accompanied the Spanish priests on their quest to find a route from the missions of Sante Fe to...
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Sierra Club calls areas of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming a 'climate disrupter' region 20.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The Sierra Club has branded a geological formation that includes portions of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming as one of six "climate disrupter" regions in the country due to its potential for major fossil fuel ...
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Houseboaters vs. river runners 11.4.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
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Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation 10.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
American Rivers, the national conservation organization, ranked the upper Colorado River Basin — and by implication the Yampa River with it — among its 10 most endangered rivers in the country Wednesday. The Colorado was named the most endangered river in the U.S. in 2013, but the deepening drought in California has supplanted it and the San Joaquin River, which feeds a key agricultural region and now runs dry in some segments, is at the top of the list in 2014. A nearby tributary of the Colorado, the White River, is number seven on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along its length, American Rivers’ Director of the Colorado River Basin Program Matt Rice said Wednesday. The threat of future trans-mountain diversion that would export water from the upper Colorado to the state’s Front Range is the reason the basin ranks high among the top 10 again in 2014. However, Rice said, it’s also the process already underway to establish a new water plan for Colorado that is putting ...
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Two bodies recovered from Utah helicopter crash site 8.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Two men’s bodies were recovered Monday from a helicopter crash in Emery County. Pilot Robin Francis Venuti and passenger Albert Munoz Rubio took off in the helicopter 11:15 a.m. Sunday from Green River as part of an expedition for shed elk antlers, Grand County sheriff’s deputies had reported. Crews began searching Sunday night when they were reported to be overdue. Assisted by Utah Department of Public Safety aircraft, crews found the helicopter about 2:30 p.m. Monday on the west side of Des...
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Search on for missing helicopter in southeastern Utah 7.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Grand County search and rescue crews resumed their search Monday for a helicopter than went missing along with its two occupants over the weekend. Assisted by Utah Department of Public Safety aircraft, search efforts in the area of southeastern Utah’s Moab began about 8 p.m. Sunday night after the helicopter was reported overdue. It had taken off 11:15 a.m. Sunday from Green River as part of an expedition seeking shed elk antlers. Authorities were withholding the identities of those aboard the h...
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Outdoors: Deer population increase likely to yield more hunting permits 3.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
There are more deer in Utah than there have been since 2000 and state biologists are proposing more hunting permits as a result. Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officials say surveys after the 2013 hunts estimate a population of 332,900 mule deer. The deer population hasn’t been this high since 322,000 deer were estimated at the turn of the century. DWR Big Game Coordinator Justin Shannon said mild winters have helped deer herds in recent years, but better habitat and other efforts like hig...
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The next energy boom to hit southeast Utah is “unconventional oil” 1.4.2014 Writers on the Range
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Watch sage grouse strut their stuff at viewing event 1.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
One of nature’s most amazing courtship rituals is going on across the West right now as sage grouse have gathered on traditional leks to mate. The male grouse make weird sounds and strut their stuff, putting on a show for the females. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is providing an opportunity to watch the show April 5 near Price, but it requires getting up early. State wildlife biologists will be at Emma Park, about 13 miles north of Price before dawn and armed with spotting scopes and...
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DUTCH JOHN FISHING FOR A FUTURE 30.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Dutch John • This Daggett County hamlet has been misunderstood from the start. Area residents coined the name in the 1860s because immigrant John Honselena wintered his horses on the flats where the community now sits. Honselena, as it turns out, was German, not Dutch. The name stuck in 1957, when Bureau of Reclamation officials began preparing to raise Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River by building living quarters for workers on the same spot. The dam was completed in 1964, but the communi...
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Millions could be at stake in power-line fight in Legislature 12.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The builders of a $3 billion transmission line are threatening to sue over a bill in the Utah Legislature that would force them to carry power for others, including a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River. TransWest Express, which is constructing a power line from Rawlins, Wyo., to Las Vegas, has hired an army of prominent lobbyists to beat back the measure that they say is unconstitutional but could nonetheless threaten to derail the entire project. “It’s a very real risk,” said Roxane...
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Two companies seeking to drill in Ouray refuge 11.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on two oil and gas exploration drilling projects inside Utah’s Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. The service on Monday released separate draft Environmental Assessments for a nine-well proposal by Ultra Resource Inc. and a two-well proposal by Thurston Energy Operating Co. The two companies, both headquartered in Texas, control some of the mineral estate under the 12,000-acre refuge along a 12-mile stretch of the Green River south of Ver...
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Two companies seeking to drill Ouray refuge 11.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on two oil and gas exploration drilling projects inside Utah’s Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. The service on Monday released separate draft Environmental Assessments for a nine-well proposal by Ultra Resource, Inc. and a two-well proposal by Thurston Energy Operating Co. The two companies, both headquartered in Texas, control some of the mineral estate under the 12,000-acre refuge along a 12-mile stretch of the Green River south of Ve...
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Utah forecast: March comes in like a . . . wet, irritable kitten 28.2.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
OK, so March isn’t coming in like a lion. But at least, the Utah version of the third month of the year could be one wet, irritable kitten. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for an area that included Utah’s mountainous spine from Logan running south through Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Nephi, Richfield and Cedar City to St. George, as well as northeastern Utah’s Vernal and central-eastern Utah’s Price and Green River. The advisory, which kicked in at 5 p.m. Friday a...
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Planning ahead for possibility that Colorado's water supply won't meet its needs in 2050 15.2.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Contribute your comments about the future of Colorado’s water supply on the local and state level: • Yampa/White/Green Roundtable: watercomments@gmail.com • State of Colorado: www.coloradowaterplan.com • Feb. 19 in Craig at the American Legion Hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. • Feb. 24 in Meeker at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds, 4-H Building meeting room, 779 Sulphur Creek Road. Following this series of meetings, public input also will be welcome at the Basin Roundtable meetings held at the American Legion Hall in Craig, on March 12, May 14 and June 18. All meetings begin at 6 p.m. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called on the different regions of the state last spring to come together and develop a comprehensive statewide water plan by December 2015. The intent is to increase the certainty of future water supplies and reduce the risk of shortages while providing for the needs of various water consumers, from municipalities to agriculture, the environment and industry including the ...
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Above average snowpack surrounding Steamboat needed by dwindling reservoirs in Utah, Nevada 13.2.2014 Steamboat Pilot
What: Meetings of the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable: A series of four public meetings in four Northwest Colorado towns to gather residents’ thoughts about the best ways to meet the increasing demand for water. The local meetings will feed into a statewide effort to document a water plan for the future of Colorado. When and Where: The Yampa-White-Green Roundtable will meet in three communities from 6 to 8 p.m. in the following locations: • Thursday in Steamboat Springs at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. • Feb. 19 in Craig at the American Legion Hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. • Feb. 24 in Meeker at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds, 4-H building meeting room, 779 Sulphur Creek Road. Following this series of meetings, public input also will be welcome at the Basin Roundtable meetings held at the American Legion Hall in Craig on March 12, May 14 and June 18. All meetings begin at 6 p.m. The Park Range just east of Steamboat Springs has seen heavy ...
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